Monday, September 13, 2004

Rather defends himself: CBS promotes authentication

I slept most of the day. Had some White House dog biscuits for snack. Yummy.

Rove came over to play a game of Go Fish. While he was here he dropped off a transcript he said he made from the TiVo in his limo. And here I was thinking he was watching NFL games.

I've promised Dan Rather a set of White House pooper scoopers. But he insists on continuing to mess himself.




Dan Rather:  AT A DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, THE

SHOTS BEING FIRED BY RETIRED MILITARY MEN WERE AIMED DIRECTLY AT PRESIDENT BUSH'S NATIONAL GUARD SERVICE.

 McPeak:   "OFFICIAL RECORDS SHOW THAT HE SKIPPED A PHYSICAL AND WAS

GROUNDED.  DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO FORGET YOUR ANNUAL PHYSICAL? I

TOOK 37 OF 'EM IN A ROW."

 

Rather:  THERE HAS ALSO BEEN CRITICISM OF THE NEW DOCUMENTS OBTAINED BY

CBS, BUT CBS USED SEVERAL TECHNIQUES TO MAKE SURE THESE PAPERS SHOULD BE

TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

TALKING TO HANDWRITING AND DOCUMENT ANALYSTS AND OTHER EXPERTS WHO STRONGLY INSIST THAT THE DOCUMENTS COULD HAVE BEEN CREATED IN THE 70S.

   

Bill Glennon, Technical Consultant: "EVERYTHING THAT'S IN THOSE DOCUMENTS, THAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING CAN'T BE DON, AS YOU SAID, 32 YEARS AGO, IS JUST TOTALLY FALSE.  NOT TRUE.  PROPORTIONAL SPACING WAS AVAILABLE.  SUPERSCRIPTS WERE AVAILABLE AS A CUSTOM FEATURE.  PROPORATIONAL SPACING BETWEEN LINES WAS AVAILABLE.  YOU CAN ORDER THAT ANY WAY YOU'D LIKE." 

 

Rather: RICHARD KATZ, A SOFTWARE DESIGNER, FOUND SOME OTHER INDICATIONS IN THE DOCUMENTS.  HE NOTED THAT THE LETTER "L" IS USED IN THOSE DOCUMENTS, INSTEAD OF THE NUMERAL "ONE."  THAT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO REPRODUCE ON A COMPUTER TODAY. 

 

Katz:  "IF YOU WERE DOING THIS A WEEK AGO OR A MONTH AG, ON A NORMALLASER JET PRINTER, IT WOULDN'T WORK.  YOU JUST COULDN'T.  THE FONT JUST WOULDN'T BE AVAILABLE TO YOU."

 

Rather: KATZ ALSO NOTED THAT THE DOCUMENTS HAVE BOTH THE SO-CALLED SUPERSCRIPT  "TH" AND A REGULAR-SIZED "TH" THAT WOULD BE COMMON ON A TYPEWRITER, NOT A COMPUTER. 

 

Katz:  "THERE'S ONE DOCUMENT FROM MAY 1972 THAT CONTAINS A NORMAL"TH" ON THE TOP.  TO PRODUCE THAT IN MICROSOFT WORD, YOU WOULD HAV E TO GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO TYPE THE LETTERS AND THEN TURN THE "TH" SETTING OFF, OR BACK UP AND THEN TYPE IT AGAIN."

 

Rather: CBS ALSO RELIED ON AN ANALYSIS OF THE CONTENTS OF THE DOCUMENTS THEMSELVES TO DETERMINE THEIR AUTHENTICITY.

THE NEW PAPERS ARE IN LINE WITH WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S

SERVICE ASSIGNMENTS AND DATES.

FOR INSTANCE, THE OFFICIAL RECORD SHOWS THAT MR. BUSH WAS SUSPENDED

FROM FLYING ON AUGUST 1ST, 1972.  THAT DATE MATCHES THE ONE ON A MEMO, GIVEN TO CBS NEWS, ORDERING THAT MR. BUSH BE SUSPENDED.

AND SMALL DETAILS ADD UP...

 
F-101 TAKING OFF

  
Rather:  SHORTLY AFTER 60 MINUTES BROADCAST THE NEW DOCUMENTS LAST WEEK.,

USATODAY OBTAINED ANOTHER NEW DOCUMENT....

IN THE MEMO DATED FEBRUARY 2, 1972... COLONEL KILLIAN ASKED TO BE

"UPDATED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ON FLIGHT CERTIFICATIONS... SPECIFICALLY

BUSH."

 

THAT COULD BE IN LINE WITH WHAT DOCUMENTS RELEASED BY THE WHITE HOUSE

LAST WEEK SHOW.... THAT IN THE SPRING OF 1972, MR. BUSH STOPPED

EXCLUSIVELY FLYING THE F-102... AND DROPPED BACK TO PILOTING A TRAINING

PLANE.... PART OF A PROGRAM TO MAINTAIN HIS FLIGHT CERTIFICATION.

 
 Rather:  CBS News asked the White House today to answer a number of questions:

--Did a friend of the Bush family use his influence with the Texas House Spearker to get George W. Bush into the National Guard?

--Did Lieutenant Bush refuse an order to take a required physical?

--Was he suspended for failing to perform up to standards?

--And did he, in fact, complete his commitment to the guard?

 

In reply, a White House spokesman told CBS News: "As you know, we have repeatedly addressed these issues."

 
These direct questions have not been fully, completely answered.

The Bush-Cheney campaign always points out the President received an honorable discharge.

What's in the "60 Minutes" report, CBS believes to be true and believes the documents are authentic.